JOINT STATEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN FEDERATIONS REPRESENTING CULTURAL AND CREATIVE WORKERS

Across the EU, the employment landscape has shifted significantly in recent years and the profile of the workforce has evolved in new directions. An increasing emphasis on flexibility and a move towards more intermittent, short-term, project-based ways of working across all sectors has resulted in a greater diversity of employment statuses. A growing percentage of the workforce can be described as independent /self-employed/ freelance/ casual workers – a whole range of terms that denote an increasingly common employment reality. This is certainly true of the cultural sector, where the nature of the work lends it particularly to this kind of employment regime. Thus, for actors, musicians, technicians, journalists, writers and others, this is the increasingly the reality they must work with. Short-term, contract-based work, on a freelance basis is the norm, however, the work itself (eg: acting or playing in live shows, films and TV programmes, or theatre/music companies; doing the technical work in such productions; or indeed producing news reports or articles) has hardly changed at all, though in the past it would have been done under an employee contract – in some cases, a permanent one.

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    SOURCE: FIM

    Date: February 28, 2019

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  • French Court of Cassation Defines Notion of “fixation” of the performance

    In a decision from 12 September 2018, the French Court of Cassation (hereafter: “the Court”) defines the notion of fixation of the performance of a performer in order to determine the date of such fixation for several works. This decision is particularly interesting as it deals with an issue that has mostly been disregarded so far in French case law. In addition, the definition of this notion has various consequences for French intellectual property law, in particular related rights to copyright.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/02/27/french-court-of-cassation-defines-notion-of-fixation-of-the-performance/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: February 27, 2019

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  • What’s at Stake as Hollywood Writers Go to War With Their Agents

    It’s been decades since the talent agencies were exclusively “tenpercenteries,” making their living by charging clients a set commission. Now, particularly in television, key agencies rely heavily on packaging fees paid not by clients but by the studios that employ their clients. That’s been the practice for about 60 years. And more recently, the three biggest agencies — CAA, WME and UTA — have sprouted affiliated production companies that compete directly with the studios.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/whats-at-stake-as-hollywood-writers-go-war-agents-1190988

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 27, 2019

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  • Fox Rocked by $179M ‘Bones’ Ruling: Lying, Cheating and “Reprehensible” Studio Fraud

    In December 2017, Rupert Murdoch stunned Hollywood by announcing the sale of most of 21st Century Fox to Disney. “A momentous occasion,” Murdoch called the $71.3 billion deal, which came as digital streamers were disrupting the entertainment status quo. Netflix and Amazon Prime may now be just as important as broadcast television ever was. Meanwhile, the old studio vanguard has slowly embraced digital waters — dipping their toes in first with Hulu before making plans to launch Netflix competitors such as Disney+ and WarnerMedia. This coming era of vertically integrated businesses delivering content directly to consumers online wasn’t in the cards for the elder Murdoch. And maybe that’s for the best, given a stunning new $179 million award handed down by an arbitrator.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/fox-rocked-by-179-million-bones-ruling-lying-cheating-reprehensible-studio-fraud-1190346

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 27, 2019

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  • CMRRA Unveils New Service Helping Canadian Publishers & Songwriters Search for Unclaimed Works

    The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Ltd. (CMRRA), Canada’s leading music reproduction rights collective, has announced a new service allowing publishers and songwriters to search for unmatched uses of their material and pursue payments for that work.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8500117/cmrra-unveils-new-service-helping-canadian-publishers-songwriters-search-for

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: February 26, 2019

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  • CISAC welcomes court decision validating Pepe Sanchez Law in Colombia

    A pivotal law for screenwriters and directors in Colombia, the Pepe Sanchez Law, was reaffirmed on Friday, February 22nd in a court challenge. The Pepe Sanchez Law set a precedent for audiovisual sectors worldwide when it was adopted in May 2017 with support from CISAC, Writers & Directors Worldwide, the Latin American Audiovisual Directors Alliance (ADAL), DASCREDES and DAC. The law established for audiovisual creators to receive an equitable share in the success of their work.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/Articles/CISAC-welcomes-court-decision-validating-Pepe-Sanchez-Law-in-Colombia

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: February 26, 2019

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  • Vox Media Drops Mandatory Arbitration Clauses Amid Union Push

    Amid pressure from the digital media company’s staff union, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff on Tuesday told employees that the company will not enforce existing mandatory arbitration clauses in employment agreements and will not include them in future contracts.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/vox-media-drops-mandatory-arbitration-clauses-union-push-1190939

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 26, 2019

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  • PRESS RELEASE – EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE VOTE ON THE COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE

    Today, the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee adopted the provisional agreement on the Copyright Directive by 16 votes in favour and 9 against. As representatives of hundreds of thousands of authors, including film/TV directors, writers, literary translators, composers, songwriters, and screenwriters in Europe, we welcome this strong, cross-party support leading to the final adoption of the Directive.

    Read more: http://composeralliance.org/press-release-european-parliaments-legal-affairs-committee-vote-on-the-copyright-directive/

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    SOURCE: ECSA

    Date: February 26, 2019

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  • NMPA Urges Members to Support the ‘Industry Consensus’ MLC — ‘We Urgently Need Your Help’

    Now that the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is law, who should be implementing it?

    Maybe passing the Music Modernization Act into law was the easy part.

    Now, attention has shifted towards critical implementation details, with major publishers arguing that a selection process is unnecessary to fulfill the duties of the Mechanical Licensing Collective, or MLC.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/02/26/mma-nmpa-amlc-mlc-bid/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 26, 2019

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  • THE MAJOR LABELS GENERATED OVER $1.5BN MORE FROM STREAMING IN 2018 THAN THEY DID IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR

    Across the whole of 2018, the three major recorded companies combined generated an average of $19m each day – or just under $800,000 per hour – from streaming services.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/the-major-labels-generated-over-1-5bn-more-from-streaming-in-2018-than-they-did-in-the-previous-year/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 22, 2019

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  • Talent Agency Association Sends Urgent Notice to Members as Writers Guild Battle Escalates

    Striving to maintain unity in the face of a Writers Guild of America “divide and conquer” attack, the Association of Talent Agents sent a memo flagged “High Priority” on Friday afternoon urging its members not to be misled by WGA “misinformation and myths” intended to cleave off the smaller agencies and leave the big four isolated as the guild moves to uproot their business models.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/talent-agency-association-sends-urgent-notice-writers-guild-battle-1189351

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 22, 2019

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  • Writers Guild, Talent Agent Battle Heats Up as WGA Sends Out New Agency Code of Conduct

    The war between the Writers Guild of America and the talent agencies escalated Thursday evening with an email from the WGA to all talent agencies providing them with a copy of the WGA’s proposed code of conduct and a letter of adherence to sign if they desired. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter has learned that WME — one of the big four agencies targeted by the WGA — has scheduled a series of open house meetings with writer clients next week to address questions about the changing business climate in entertainment. Chief among writers’ questions is likely to be, “How do I choose between my agency and my guild?”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-talent-agent-battle-heats-up-as-wga-sends-new-agency-code-conduct-1188936

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 21, 2019

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  • Radio Royalty Bill Introduced in Congress (Again) Arguing Stations Should Not Have to Pay Artists & Labels

    Radio lobbyists and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in Washington D.C. are backing the latest iteration of the Local Radio Freedom Act, which would limit royalties radio stations have to pay on recordings.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8499536/radio-royalty-bill-introduced-in-congress-again

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: February 21, 2019

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  • American Music Licensing Collective Says ‘Competition Is Needed’ In Forming Music Modernization Act’s MLC (Guest Op-Ed)

    This op-ed is by the American Music Licensing Collective (AMLC), one of two announced groups so far planning to submit an application to the U.S. Copyright Office to form the mechanical licensing collective (MLC) that was created by the Music Modernization Act to oversee the blanket mechanical license that the law also establishes. The U.S. Register of Copyrights will select by July which applicant gets to form and run the MLC, which will also create and maintain a musical works database, resolve ownership and data conflicts, and collect royalty payments from digital services that it will disburse to music composition rights holders.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8499259/american-music-licensing-collective-says-competition

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: February 20, 2019

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  • Writer Guild Sets Vote Targeting Talent Agents: “We Are Making a Power Grab — Divide and Conquer”

    Just a day after the Writers Guild of America and Association of Talent Agents held a meeting that an agency-oriented source described as “a step in the right direction” towards a negotiated renewal of the WGA-ATA agreement, the guild posted videoaudio, and text of a Feb. 13 speech to members by the organization’s president that makes clear the union is now at war with the talent agency community, particularly the big four agencies.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/writers-guild-sets-vote-targeting-talent-agents-1188615

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 20, 2019

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  • Settlement Approval Motion Filed in Rhapsody Class-Action Case

    Almost three years after the law firm Michelman & Robinson filed a putative class-action lawsuit against Rhapsody International on behalf of David Lowery and fellow songwriters Victor Krummenacher and David Faragher for infringing their mechanical rights, a deal to end the case is moving forward.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/8498799/settlement-approval-motion-filed-in-rhapsody-class-action-case

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: February 18, 2019

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  • Sony/ATV CEO Martin Bandier Scores $100 Million Alone from EMI Music Publishing Acquisition

    Earlier this year, in the first major strategic move from recently appointed CEO Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony bought Mubadala’s 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing.  The Japanese conglomerate agreed to pay $2.3 billion.  Several months later, Sony purchased the remaining 10% from the Michael Jackson estate for $287.5 million, making EMI Music Publishing a wholly-owned entity.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/02/18/sony-atv-martin-bandier-emi-payday/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 18, 2019

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  • Graham Seeks DOJ Meeting Before Decision on ASCAP/BMI Consent Decrees

    Senate Judiciary Committee chair Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has asked the Justice Department to hold off on lifting the consent decrees on music licensing groups ASCAP and BMI until he has had a chance to discuss them with antitrust chief Makan Delrahim.

    Read more: https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/graham-seeks-doj-meeting-before-decision-on-ascap-bmi-consent-decrees

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    SOURCE: Broadcasting & Cable

    Date: February 15, 2019

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  • The Copyright Directive: how the mob was told to save the dragon and slay the knight

    For those of you, who don’t know nor care about what the Copyright Directive is nor any of the articles within it, look away now.

    Take this test: Type in ‘EU Copyright Directive’ into the search box in Youtube. The majority of results in the top 20 will be passionately against it. Here’s some of the headlines, if you’re not sure:
    ‘Shocking update on the Copyright Directive.’ ‘Today Europe lost the Internet’ ‘How the new copyright laws will destroy the internet’ ‘Censorship machines’, ‘EU to end the internet’ or ‘Europe to ban all memes’

    Read more: https://medium.com/@EuropeanCommission/the-copyright-directive-how-the-mob-was-told-to-save-the-dragon-and-slay-the-knight-b35876008f16

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    SOURCE: Medium

    Date: February 14, 2019

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  • BREAKING: Agreement on DSM Directive reached in trilogue

    At last, after several weeks, several discussions, and after France and Germany achieved a compromise on some key provisions in the draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market [Katpost here], tonight an agreement has been reached between the European Parliament and Council negotiators on the content of this new piece of legislation.

    Read more: http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/breaking-agreement-on-dsm-directive.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: February 13, 2019

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  • FINAL ARTICLE 13 TEXT AGREED AS EUROPEAN COPYRIGHT DIRECTIVE TALKS CONCLUDE

    The text was finalised this evening (February 13) after the final phase of talks started on Monday (February 11).

    The latest development is a major step toward the final adoption of the bill by the European Parliament.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/final-article-13-text-approved-as-european-copyright-directive-talks-conclude/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 13, 2019

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  • BREAKING: Agreement on DSM Directive reached in trilogue

    At last, after several weeks, several discussions, and after France and Germany achieved a compromise on some key provisions in the draft Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market [Katpost here], tonight an agreement has been reached between the European Parliament and Council negotiators on the content of this new piece of legislation.

    Read more: http://ipkitten.blogspot.com/2019/02/breaking-agreement-on-dsm-directive.html

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    SOURCE: The IPKat

    Date: February 13, 2019

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  • Artists and songwriters urge EU to bring Copyright Directive to “a successful conclusion”

    As conversations resume to try and agree a final, final draft of the European Copyright Directive, another flurry of groups representing the creative industries issued a statement yesterday urging the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Council to plough on and get the copyright reforming directive to the finish line.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/artists-and-songwriters-urge-eu-to-bring-copyright-directive-to-a-successful-conclusion/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: February 12, 2019

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  • Major Infighting Breaks Out Between Artists, Labels & Publishers Over Article 13

    Last week, when the Copyright Directive – most notably, Article 13 – appeared to fade into obscurity, France and Germany reached a new agreement.

    Under the compromise, the bill would now apply to all European for-profit platforms.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/02/11/article-13-copyright-directive-eu-music-industry/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 11, 2019

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  • Talent Agents, Writers Guild at Odds as Contract Expiration Nears

    With just two months to go before a key contract between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents terminates, the two organizations are nowhere near resolving fundamental differences over how agencies function and get paid in a rapidly evolving entertainment industry. The two organizations finally met on Tuesday, 10 months after the WGA sent a notice starting a 12-month countdown to termination, but according to the ATA, the meeting was not productive.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/talent-agents-writers-guild-at-odds-as-contract-expiration-nears-1184574

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 8, 2019

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  • Spain’s Ministry of Culture Blocks SGAE Authors’ Advances, Announces ‘Partial Intervention’

    Spain’s Ministry of Culture has blocked the distribution of royalty advances of more than 2.5 million euros (over $2.8 million) by SGAE, the embattled Spanish rights society. The move comes after the Spanish Minister of Culture announced he was seeking a partial government takeover of the embattled rights society.

    Read more: https://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/legal-and-management/8497256/spains-ministry-of-culture-blocks-sgae-authors

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    SOURCE: Billboard

    Date: February 8, 2019

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  • ARTICLE 13 DISASTER FOR MUSIC BIZ, JOY FOR YOUTUBE, AS LABELS CALL FOR EU COPYRIGHT BILL TO BE CANCELLED

    In an open letter issued to the press today (February 7) the group of organizations said that they “are not able to support [the Directive] or the impact it will have on the European creative sector”.

    Read more: https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/article-13-disaster-for-music-biz-joy-for-youtube-as-labels-call-for-eu-copyright-bill-to-be-cancelled/

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    SOURCE: Music Business Worldwide

    Date: February 7, 2019

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  • Spotify Music Head on Muting Artists and That R. Kelly Debacle: “Our Intentions Were Good”

    Five years ago, Nick Holmsten was on a mountain, skiing with his wife and teenage son and daughter, when he got the phone call that would shape his life. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek wanted a meeting. A week later, Holmsten realized Ek’s purpose: Spotify was interested in acquiring Tunigo, the music discovery app that Holmsten had founded in 2010 after abandoning hopes of hitting it big as a member of a Swedish Britpop band. Sensing Spotify’s big future, he joined up.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/spotify-music-head-muting-artists-r-kelly-debacle-1182571

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 7, 2019

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  • Woody Allen Sues Amazon for Terminating Movie Deal

    Woody Allen says Amazon has no right to terminate a deal for the production and distribution of films.

    In 2014, Amazon was looking to make a big move into original content and entered into a deal with the filmmaker for a series titled Crisis in Six Scenes. Then came a series of more agreements for four movies. These were rich pacts that, according to new court documents, guaranteed Allen’s company Gravier Productions minimum guaranteed payments totaling between $68 million and $73 million.

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/woody-allen-sues-amazon-terminating-movie-deal-1183763

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 7, 2019

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  • Anxiety, AWOL Executives and “Bloodshed”: How Disney Is Making 21st Century Fox Disappear

    The level of anxiety on the 20th Century Fox lot in West Los Angeles spiked on a recent Thursday afternoon when employees received a mass email advising that parking lots would be at capacity the following day. Was the Walt Disney Co. purchase of the storied studio finally done? Had an army of human resources executives and lawyers finally been unleashed to effectuate a brutal series of layoffs?

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-disney-will-make-21st-century-fox-disappear-1182704

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 6, 2019

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  • U.S. Copyright Royalty Board Officially Submits a 44% Songwriter Streaming Royalty Increase — Publishers Say a Spotify Challenge Would be ‘Declaring War’

    Last year, songwriters and publishers scored a major increase in streaming royalty rates.  Now, that 44% rate bump has been officially published by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, though streaming services have 30 days to challenge the increase.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/02/06/u-s-copyright-royalty-board-crb-war/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 6, 2019

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  • Musicians Attempt Class Actions Against UMG, Sony to Reclaim Rights to Recordings

    For the past decade, a number of prominent musicians including Tom Petty and Bob Dylan have quietly attempted to reclaim rights to songs by serving notices of termination to publishers and record labels. Often, like in the case of Prince, these notices become invitations to renegotiate deals for more favorable royalty arrangements. But according to lawsuits filed Tuesday in New York federal court, in the face of hundreds of termination notices, UMG Recordings and Sony Music have “routinely and systematically refused to honor them.”

    Read more: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/musicians-attempt-class-action-umg-reclaim-rights-recordings-1182853

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    SOURCE: Hollywood Reporter

    Date: February 5, 2019

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  • Group bidding to run new US mechanical rights society claims “overwhelming” industry support

    Last year’s Music Modernization Act in the US had a grand plan to sort of the mechanical rights mess that has fucked up the American streaming sector so much in recent years. And that grand plan was to set up a proper mechanical rights collecting society Stateside for the first time. But the question is: who should run that society? One group bidding for that task said yesterday it now had the support of the “overwhelming majority of copyright owners”.

    Read more: https://completemusicupdate.com/article/group-bidding-to-run-new-us-mechanical-rights-society-claims-overwhelming-industry-support/

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    SOURCE: CMU

    Date: February 5, 2019

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  • CISAC launches major project to upgrade the international musical work identifier

    Paris, France – February 4th, 2019  The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has enlisted Dublin-based software company Spanish Point Technologies to upgrade the global information system of the ISWC (International Standard Musical Works Codes), the unique code that identifies musical works and links them to their creators.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/News-Releases/CISAC-launches-major-project-to-upgrade-the-international-musical-work-identifier

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: February 4, 2019

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  • The NMPA Submits Their Mechanical Licensing Committee (MLC) Proposal — And Calls for a No-Bid Contract

    Well, at least we’re not arguing over a wall.  Let’s just hope a government exists in the coming months to help arbitrate the industry’s latest scuffle.

    Earlier today (Monday), a large coalition of major publishers and industry groups submitted their initial plans to take over the Mechanical Licensing Committee, or MLC, a group designated under the recently-passed Music Modernization Act (MMA).   Perhaps a bit presumptuously, the group has called themselves the ‘Mechanical Licensing Committee,’ which exactly matches the name designated under the MMA.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/02/04/nmpa-mechanical-licensing-committee-mlc-mma/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: February 4, 2019

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  • EU Tech Lobbying: Tricks-Camouflage-Deception

    Facebook makes you sit up and take notice. The British former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, a new Head of Global Affairs for Facebook, was barely introduced when he made his first interesting public statements. “Regulation is not so bad,” Clegg told the Financial Times. As a former senior member of the government, presumably this comes naturally to Clegg because he simply knows it from his work.

    Read more: https://thetrichordist.com/2019/02/03/eu-tech-lobbying-tricks-camouflage-deception/

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    SOURCE: The Trichordist

    Date: February 3, 2019

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  • CISAC and international organisations hail Copyright Act vote by Czech Republic

    CISAC has welcomed the decision by the Czech Republic Chamber of Deputies to reject an amendment to the country’s copyright law that would have set back fair remuneration for creators and rightsholders. The rejection came after a joint submission opposing the measure by ICMPCISACGESACIFPIIMPALA, and other international rights holder representative organisations.

    Read more: http://www.cisac.org/Newsroom/Articles/CISAC-and-international-organisations-hail-Copyright-Act-vote-by-Czech-Republic

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    SOURCE: CISAC

    Date: February 1, 2019

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  • Irving Azoff’s GMR Accused of ‘Deliberate Witness Intimidation’ In Radio Licensing Dispute

    Looks like ‘hugging it out’ isn’t an option in this ugly legal war.

    Just this week, performance rights organization Global Music Rights (GMR) and terrestrial radio group Radio Music Licensing Committee (RMLC) continued to spar over royalty obligations in U.S. District Court.  RMLC says GMR is trying to bully major radio broadcasters into paying higher performance fees, and using its considerable catalog of high-powered hits to force the higher rates.

    Read more: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2019/01/31/irving-azoff-gmr-rmlc/

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    SOURCE: Digital Music News

    Date: January 31, 2019

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  • What would a no-deal Brexit mean for copyright in the UK?

    With the UK due to leave the EU in less than two months, we are still no closer to clarity on the basis on which this will take place.  Earlier this month, Parliament voted against the deal proposed by the Prime Minister, with the deal only finding support from around 31% of members of parliament. A ‘no-deal’ Brexit is now therefore a very real possibility. To add further uncertainty, there is mounting pressure for a further UK referendum on remaining in the EU. However, it seems unlikely that this will happen, given Theresa May’s view that it would be an undemocratic breach of trust with the British people, who previously voted to Leave.

    Read more: http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2019/01/31/what-would-a-no-deal-brexit-mean-for-copyright-in-the-uk/

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    SOURCE: Kluwer Copyright Blog

    Date: January 31, 2019

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